Dona Nobis Pacem – Grant Us Peace

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Blog 4 Peace Day is today! November 4th, 2017. Come Join Us!
This year’s theme is.: Finding Peace in Overwhelming Times.

For me, finding peace is a daily struggle.  Some days are harder than others. It seems that the older I get the more emotional I become. I cry at least once a day The smallest things make me cry or depress me.  I do my best to smile through it.

In my lifetime, i have lost my son, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. The hardest loss was the loss of my son. His death pushed me to the edge.  Each day I find myself on the brink of “screw this”.  And by that I mean, quitting my job, packing my dog and my bags, and going somewhere where no one can find me. Somewhere peaceful.

However, I do not there “some where peaceful” truly exists.  It is up to me to make a peaceful place.  So, each day, I find something to help me be at peace.

Knowing my daughter is happy and enjoying life, helps me find peace.

Hugging my dog, helps me find peace.

After a long day at work, coming home to see the wagging stubby tail of my dog and the smile on her face….her pure joy that I am home, helps me find peace.

A friend offering me a hug when she knows I am having a rough day, helps me find peace.

A friend I have never met in person, reaching out to me via text, Facebook or a phone call, helps me find peace.

Hanging out with family or friends to celebrate a special occasion or just barbecue, helps me find peace.

Basically, I have learned to greatly appreciate the small things in life. Because in this overwhelming times, the small things are what helps me find peace.

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV
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Memorial Day 2017


“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.” ~Ronald Reagan


Memorial Day is not the first day of summer. Memorial Day does not mean a weekend filled with BBQ’s and parties.  Memorial Day is the time to pay homage to the men and women who died while serving our country.  Memorial Day is a day to honor those who died to give us our freedom.